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SW Iowa fishing reports

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Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)

Channel Catfish - Good: Water levels are getting more challenging for boat navigation, but good catches of channel catfish have been coming out of the Des Moines River above Saylorville using stink baits and cut bait.

 

Rock Creek Lake

Crappie - Good: Crappie are being caught drifting panfish jigs or minnows mid-lake on the lower portion of the lake.

 

Big Creek Lake

Walleye - Fair: Walleye are being caught in good numbers with more fish over 15 inches.  Concentrate on the upper half of the lake in less than 20 feet of water trolling crankbaits or spinner rigs with crawlers or minnows. Shore anglers can pick up walleye as well fishing minnows under slip bobbers off the jetties. Bluegill - Fair: Fish the outside edges of vegetation beds in shallow water with small hooks, crawler pieces, and a bobber.

 

Red Rock Reservoir

White Bass - Good: White bass action has been good. Find areas where gizzard shad are concentrated and busting on the surface. Cast or troll spoons and shad imitating crankbaits. Shallow diving chrome or firetiger colored baits work well.

 

Saylorville Reservoir

Channel Catfish - Good: Drift cut bait above the mile long bridge. White Bass - Fair: White bass are in their summer pattern and are being caught trolling spoons and crankbaits out from Sandpiper beach, the Oak Grove Recreation Area, around the mile long bridge, and along the face of the dam.

 

Bluegill and crappie are being caught drift fishing in many lakes while white bass action is good in Red Rock and Saylorville. For information on central Iowa lakes and rivers, contact Andy Otting or Ben Dodd at 515-432-2823.

 

Greenfield Lake

Fish surveys indicate a large crappie population in Greenfield. Panfish can be caught drifting. Greenfield also has good largemouth bass and catfish numbers. Crappie - Fair: Crappies averaging 9 inches can be caught drifting twister tails. Bluegill - Good: Drift with black jigs tipped with a night crawler or power bait. Fish will average 8 inches. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish can be caught around the jetties and close to rock with shrimp. Fish will average 2 pounds.

 

Nodaway Lake

Anglers can expect to catch 8 inch bluegills and 9 inch crappie. Crappie - Slow: Drift with white twister tails and cast to sunken trees to catch crappie up to 12 inches. Late afternoon bite is best. Bluegill - Fair: Drift or slow troll small jigs tipped with a crawler. Fish are 6 feet deep. Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are being caught with cut bait in the upper end of the lake. Fish will average 18 to 20 inches.

 

Orient Lake

Catfishing is good at Orient. Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are having success using shrimp or crawdads. Average size catfish is 18 to 20 inches.

 

Lake Anita

Anglers are catching panfish drifting mid lake. Largemouth bass fishing is good along vegetation edges. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass anglers are catching good numbers of bass casting the edges of vegetation and vertical jigging the roadbeds for larger fish. Black Crappie - Fair: Drift around the roadbeds and cast along vegetation edges to catch crappie up to 12 inches. Afternoon bite is best. Bluegill - Good: Bluegill can be caught drifting small jigs tipped with a crawler or power bait. Fish are in 6 to 8 feet of water.

 

Viking Lake

Viking has a good largemouth bass population. A few crappies can be caught drifting. Channel catfishing has been good this week. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth of all sizes are being caught casting small spinner baits with a slow retrieve or plastics around the shoreline and jetties. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish can be caught in the campground arm of the lake and south of the beach using cut bait. Fish average 2 pounds. Crappie - Fair: Drift open water areas of the lake with small jigs or twister tails. Fish will average 9 inches.

 

Prairie Rose Lake

The fishery at Prairie Rose is doing well. Bluegill growth has been very good with fish over 9 inches being caught this spring and summer. The crappie fishing is still a couple of years away as they were just stocked last fall. Largemouth bass are growing quickly with many 8 to 10 inch fish in the lake at this time. The initial stocking of catfish are in the 14 to 16 inch range. Bluegill - Good: Anglers are catching quality size bluegill around the underwater reefs casting small jigs tipped with power bait. Boat anglers are drifting or slow trolling in open water areas. Largemouth Bass - Good: Many 8 to 10 inch bass are being caught in the lake at this time. Channel Catfish - No Report: Channel catfish are in the 14 to 16 inch range at this time.

 

Lake Manawa

The catfish bite is good in the canals and on the main lake in the evenings. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing has been good this week. The night bite has been best using Sonny’s dip bait or cut bait.

 

Hacklebarney East

Hacklebarney has good water clarity with a nice ring of aquatic vegetation. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills can be caught drifting or slow trolling the lake with black jigs tipped with a crawler. Fish average 8 inches. Black Crappie - No Report: Fish early morning or late afternoon for crappies averaging 10 inches.

 

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds

Panfish are in deeper water during the summer. Bass fishing has been good this week early morning and in the afternoon. Catfish are close to structure. Always get permission to fish privately owned ponds. . Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast along vegetation and around structure to catch bass in their summer pattern. Bluegill - Good: Anglers have reported catching bluegills with small jigs and a crawler 4 feet under a bobber with a very slow retrieve. Crappie - Fair: Crappie will be in 4 to 6 feet of water around structure. Cast jigs or minnows under a bobber to catch crappie in the summer. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish will associate themselves around sunken logs and along vegetation edges. Fish with cut bait around these habitat types for good summer catfishing.

 

Drifting open water for panfish has been good this week in the southwest district. Water temperatures remain around 80 degrees. For more information, call the Cold Springs District Office at 712-769-2587

 

Lake Icaria

Crappie - Fair: Crappies up to 10 inches have been caught using jigs or minnows fished near cedar tree piles. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill up to 8 inches have been caught using jigs fished near the fish mounds. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish up to 20 inches have been caught using liver fished near fish mounds.

 

West Lake (Osceola)

The marina has re-opened to the public.

 

Little River Watershed Lake

Walleye - Fair: Walleyes up to 20 inches have been caught trolling crankbaits near rock reefs. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish up to 22 inches have been caught using liver fished near rock reefs. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Largemouth bass up to 17 inches have been caught using crankbaits fished along weed lines.

 

Green Valley Lake

Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass up to 18 inches have been caught using crankbaits fished near the cedar tree piles and rock structure. Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill up to 8 inches have been caught using small jigs fished near the cedar tree piles.

 

Twelve Mile Creek Lake

Walleye - Slow: Walleyes up to 19 inches have been caught trolling crankbaits along weed lines. Yellow Perch - Slow: Yellow perch up to 11 inches have been caught using jigs and worms fished near the road bed.

 

Water temperatures in most Mount Ayr District lakes are in the mid-80's. The district includes Page, Taylor, Adams, Union, Ringgold, Decatur, Clarke and Madison counties. For more information, call 641-464-3108.

 

Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)

Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are catching channel catfish with worms and stink bait. Anglers have had success in the mouths of incoming rivers, creeks, around brush piles, and below wing dikes. Flathead Catfish - Good: Flathead fishing is good on trotlines/rod and reel using live baits. Chubs have been working well as bait; you might also try bluegills/green sunfish if that isn’t working. Blue Catfish - Fair: A few blue cats have been caught in this stretch. Fresh cut bait works well.

 

Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)

Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are having the best success on stink bait and worms for larger fish try cut bait. Fish below wing dikes and in slower portions of the Missouri. Catfish are also being caught in the mouth of tributary streams and rivers. Flathead Catfish - Good: Flathead catfish continue to be caught on trotlines and rod and reel using chubs and live baits. Blue Catfish - Good: Blue catfish are being caught on fresh cut bait.

 

Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line)

Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers continue to have success on worms, cut bait, and stinkbait/dip bait. Flathead Catfish - Good: Anglers are having success on trotlines/rod and reel catching flatheads with live baits-chubs, bullheads, goldfish, and green sunfish work well. Blue Catfish - Good: Anglers are catching blue catfish on trotlines and rod and reel using cut bait and live baits.

The Missouri River at Decatur, Nebraska is at 21.1 feet /30,800 cfs./79 degrees Fahrenheit. The Missouri River is down 0.6 feet from last week. Tributary streams and rivers are up with recent rains and the debris load is still high in the Missouri River. Fishing continues to be good for anglers that are getting out on the river.

 

MISSISSIPPI RIVER

Mississippi River Pool 9

River level is 7.7 feet at Lansing and expected to remain stable over the next week. Water temperature is in the 80's. Walleye - Fair: Fish with a crawler on a three-way rig or crankbait trolled on the wing dams. Bluegill - Fair: Larger bluegills have been reported on side channel areas near tree or rock structure. Largemouth Bass - Good: Look for bass near woody structure in side channels and along the shoreline near wing dams on the main channel. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouths are feeding along rocky areas with good current breaks. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are starting to bite on stink baits fished in deeper side channel holes. Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are biting well fishing a worm on the bottom along the main channel border. Northern Pike - Fair: Look for northern pike in cooler water sources such as springs and mouths of streams. Fish spoons using a leader. Crappie - Fair: Fish a minnow under a bobber or a small tube jig in fallen trees or snags on side channels. Flathead Catfish - No Report.

 

Mississippi River Pool 10

River level is 13 feet at Lynxville and expected to remain stable over the next week. Water temperature is in the 80's.  Walleye - Fair: With stable water levels look for walleyes to start feeding on the top sides of wing dams. Bluegill - Fair: Larger bluegills have been reported on side channel areas near tree or rock structure. Largemouth Bass - Good: Look for bass near woody structure in side channels and along the shoreline near wing dams on the main channel. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouths are feeding along rocky areas with good current breaks. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are starting to bite on stink baits fished in deeper side channel holes. Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are biting well fishing a worm on the bottom along the main channel border. Northern Pike - Fair: Look for northern pike in cooler water sources such as springs and mouths of streams. Fish spoons using a leader. Crappie - Fair: Fish a minnow under a bobber or a small tube jig in fallen trees or snags on side channels. Flathead Catfish - No Report.

 

Mississippi River Pool 11

River level is 4.8 feet at Guttenberg and expected to remain stable over the next week. Water temperature is in the 80's. Walleye - Fair: Fish with a crawler on a three-way rig or crankbait trolled on the wing dams. Bluegill - Fair: Larger bluegills have been reported on side channel areas near tree or rock structure. Largemouth Bass - Good: Look for bass near woody structure in side channels and along the shoreline near wing dams on the main channel. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouths are feeding along rocky areas with good current breaks. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are starting to bite on stink baits fished in deeper side channel holes. Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are biting well fishing a worm on the bottom along the main channel border. White Bass - Fair: Look for schools of jumping minnows and try pitching small silver spinners. Northern Pike - Fair: Look for northern pike in cooler water sources such as springs and mouths of streams. Fish spoons using a leader. Crappie - Fair: Fish a minnow under a bobber or a small tube jig in fallen trees or snags on side channels.

 

Upper Mississippi River levels are low but expected to be stable over the next week. Stable water levels will hopefully increase fishing success. With lower water levels more fish will be using areas along the main channel and sloughs with good current. Water temperature is near 80.

 

Mississippi River Pool 12

The water level is near 5.0 feet at Dubuque Lock and Dam and 7.8 feet at the Dubuque RR bridge. This is down a half a foot from last week. The river will be stable to falling all week.  The water temperature in the main channel is at 79 degrees. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are using frog imitations in the weeds.  The normal tailwater bite of 12 inch bass seems to be a bit off right now but could pick up soon. Walleye - Fair: A little hit and miss but anglers that target this pool often are successful off the wing dams and rock lines.  Bluegill - Fair: Some gills are being taken out of brush piles in the side channels and along vegetation lines in the lower pools.  Try the insides of the wing dams, that is where some anglers are reporting taking of a few bluegills. Channel Catfish - Good: Use stinkbait or cut bait above the wing dams or on big fallen trees in the major side channels. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Lots of sub-legal smallmouth bass are being caught along the rock lines by people using spinners or floating worms. Northern Pike - Good: Lots of reports of pike, especially by anglers fishing for bass.  The last few seasons the pike spawns have been fantastic and the fishery for pike is responding. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: A simple egg sinker rig fished in 6 to 10 feet of moving water is all that is needed to catch drum. Bait with crayfish or worms. The larger crayfish you use the larger drum you will catch.

 

Mississippi River Pool 13

The water level is around 5.4 feet at Bellevue and will slowly recede again this week. The main channel temperature is at 80 degrees. The water is generally clear but the bite has not been great. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Look for clearer water especially in weed bed locations to catch bass.  The bass are not moving quickly out of the shallow backwaters this year.  Usually low water makes them vulnerable along the rock piles near the channel border. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallies are biting along the rock shorelines by anglers using small spinners or crankbaits. Walleye - Fair: Lots of activity fishing for walleyes on wing dams but anglers are reporting only short fish.  We have had good reproduction the past two years but these fish are still below the 15 inch keeper size range. Bluegill - Slow: Finding good bluegill fishing seems to be a challenge right now but it could pick up soon.  Try the insides of wing dams as the water recedes. Channel Catfish - Good: Fish stinkbait above the wing dams or on big fallen trees in the major side channels. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: A simple egg sinker rig fished in 4 to 10 feet of moving water is all that is needed to catch drum. Bait with crayfish or worms. Northern Pike - Good: Strong northern pike populations are evident throughout Pool 13 as many pike were again caught this week.  Most came off of flashy spinners and crank baits.

 

Mississippi River Pool 14

The water level is 5.0 feet at Fulton, 9.4 feet at Camanche, and 4.5 feet above the dam at LeClaire. All water level readings are down from last week. The water temperature in the main channel is 80 degrees.  Largemouth Bass - Fair: Good populations of bass exist in Pool 14. Some bass may have moved into the bigger backwater areas and clearer waters. Successful anglers are using frog imitations in the weed lines. Channel Catfish - Excellent: The spawn of catfish is nearly over so you might want to try fishing stinkbait above the wing dams or on big fallen trees in the major side channels. Move often if not catching channel catfish. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught in the backwater areas on worm rigs.  Muddy water has taken its toll on the bluegill bite but is clearing up nicely.  Expect good fishing for bluegills to resume. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Use spinners or jigs and fish close to any exposed rocky areas. Northern Pike - Good: Pike were again caught this week in good numbers in Pool 14.  Most people who catch pike are generally bass fishing throwing white spinners or crankbaits. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum can be caught easily in areas of modest current and depths in the 6 to 10 feet.  Boat ramp areas often have good access to freshwater drum fishing.  Simple egg sinker and worm rigs work best. Walleye - Fair: A few "short" walleyes were reported being caught on the wing dams.

 

Mississippi River Pool 15

The water level is 5.4 feet at Rock Island. The water temperature is around 82 degrees.  Eagles Landing and Leach park are two nice areas to put in and enjoy fishing on Pool 15.  Channel Catfish - Excellent: Launch at Eagles Landing in Bettendorf and fish near smaller tributary mouths above and below the park.  Use worms or stink bait but move often if you are not successful.  Catfish will either bite within the first 15 minutes or so.  If you do not catch any in that amount of time, then move on. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Some flatheads were caught mixed in with the channel catfish by anglers using worms or live bait. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are a consistent biter this time of year.  A simple rig with worms and an egg sinker will prove best.  Use large crayfish to catch larger drum.  Some are being reported on crankbaits too.

 

The river is now getting close to its normal summertime low flows.  Fishing reports have been extremely mixed from great to poor.  However, it really does not matter because any day fishing on the Mississippi River is a good day and time well spent. 

 

Mississippi River Pool 16

Tailwater stage is 5.15 feet at Lock and Dam 15 in Davenport and falling. Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being caught in Sunset Marina. Fish with minnows under a bobber. Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are being caught in Sunset Marina fishing with small minnows or pieces of worm under a bobber. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Some largemouth bass are being caught in Velie Chute within the Andalusia Island complex. Cast spinner baits or crankbaits. White Bass - Fair: Some white bass are being caught in Sylvan Slough but fishing has been hit or miss. Cast crankbaits, in-line spinners, or jigs and twister tails. Some white bass are also being caught trolling crankbaits on the wing dams. Walleye - No Report: Look for walleyes on the wing dams. Try casting or trolling crankbaits. Using three-way rigs with night crawlers or jigs with nightcrawler on the wing dams works too. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish are being caught in Sunset Marina, around the mouth of the Rock River, and in Sylvan Slough. Fish on the bottom with night crawlers, shad, or stinkbait. Try fishing above the snags and log jams along the main channel and side channels.

 

Mississippi River Pool 17

Tailwater stage is 4.18 feet at Lock and Dam 16 at Muscatine and falling. Channel Catfish - Good: Look for channel catfish in brush piles and snags along the main channel and in side channels. Try fishing with stinkbait, cut bait, or night crawlers. Some channel catfish can also be caught fishing on the wing dams. Walleye - No Report: Look for walleyes on the wing dams casting or trolling crankbaits or pulling three-way rigs with crawlers. Some walleyes can be caught trolling crankbaits along GPC. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Look for largemouth bass in the backwaters and sloughs around brush piles and stumps. Cast shallow running crankbaits or spinner baits. Pitching plastics to brush works too.

 

Mississippi River Pool 18

Tailwater stage is 5.79 feet at Lock and Dam 17 above New Boston and falling. We have not received any fishing reports for this pool this week. Channel Catfish - No Report: Look for channel catfish in the side channels and along the main channel. Fish above brush piles and snags with stink bait, cut bait, or night crawlers. Walleye - No Report: Look for walleyes on the wing dams. Try trolling or casting crankbaits or pulling three-way rigs with crawlers. White Bass - No Report: Look for white bass up by the Lock and Dam, the outlet of Lake Odessa, or on the wing dams. Try casting crankbaits, in-line spinners, or jigs and twister tails.

 

Mississippi River Pool 19

Tailwater stage is 3.32 feet at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington and falling. We have not received any fishing report information for this pool this week. Channel Catfish - No Report: Look for channel catfish in brush piles and snags along the main channel or side channels. Fish above the snags with stink bait, cut bait, or night crawlers. Channel catfish can also be caught fishing the wing dams.

 

Mississippi River Pools 16-20. River levels have been falling the past few days. Water clarity has been fair to good. Main channel water temperature is around 80 degrees. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19, contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

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